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July 18, 2012

Obama and Putin talk about Syria

The White House says President Obama called Russian President Putin today to "discuss the developing situation in Syria" -- where a bombing earlier today killed Syria’s defense minister, his deputy and several top security officials in the besieged government of President Bashar Assad.

The White House says the two presidents "noted the growing violence in Syria and agreed on the need to support a political transition as soon as possible that achieves our shared goal of ending the violence and avoiding a further deterioration of the situation.

"They noted the differences our governments have had on Syria, but agreed to have their teams continue to work toward a solution. President Obama also took the opportunity to express condolences on the tragic loss of life resulting from flooding in southern Russia earlier this month and reiterated the U.S. readiness to provide assistance if needed."

The White House has sought to convince Putin to support a UN Security Council resolution denouncing Assad's violent crackdown.

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